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O tom de humor é mantido em American Light - An Appreciation, essencialmente um spoof à crítica literária, com um poema pretensamente beat a ser anotado por um académico.

The dinner is interrupted by the belated revelation that American’s editor-in-chief, Brandon Chuff, has been dead for the entire conversation, despite his smiling presence at the table (somewhat like the real-world comics industry, Moore implies). Credo che la forza e la potenza di questa antologia sia insita proprio in questo aspetto, Alan Moore è un elegante indovino, un abile illusionista e noi l’ignaro pubblico che tenta in tutti i modi di svelarne i segreti. And at the Last Just to Be Done With Silence: Alan Moore's Waiting For Godot complete with macabre twist, tiresome. I read the first 6 stories out of 9 and each one of them made me increasingly annoyed as I turned each consecutive page.In "Not Even Legend," a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. this has some good short stories and some other undefinable stuff for which even the structure can't be described (the long story one about the first femtosecond of the creation of the world, for instance).

Only pop-culture fandoms insist that their objects of aesthetic interest must possess political and ethical rectitude. The story is also fascinated by the problem of putting the ineffable into words, in which it forms a neat pair to its successor, The Improbably Complex High-Energy State; they also match in so far as they're set at opposite ends of time. Overall, I feel I would have enjoyed this better if I had any idea who these people were supposed to represent or knew more about the comic book industry itself, but it was still a fun, easy read.Modern-day creators are largely middle-class former fans who have become brand-oriented content generators feeding a mass cultural addiction to shallow escapist fantasies. The people in the industry, perhaps because of exposure to its products, are all sexually stunted, often veering into violence. In the course of pursuing an only superficial anti-fascist polemic, Moore's superheroes are more fascist than anything you'd have found in the same period in the average Marvel or DC Comic. But for a man who's complained about how heavily comics is still influenced by a bad mood he was in during the eighties, it would surely be healthy for all concerned if he could maybe move on from being in a bad mood about comics to quite this extent. ILLUMINATIONS (five stars) A recently divorced man decides to visit a beach resort where he remembered being happy as a child, and in so doing, discovers that nostalgia engenders disappointment, boredom, and finally, horror.

Sometimes Moore has a clever idea, and milks it to its logical conclusion, but the result is predictable. From ghosts and otherworldly creatures to theoretical Boltzmann brains fashioning the universe at the big bang, Illuminations is exactly that – a series of bright, startling tales from a contemporary legend that reveal the full power of imagination and magic. The best way to describe this one is the evolution of a being, starting from nothing and eventually falling into the normal pitfalls of arrogance, judgment, and yearning for omnipotence. NOT EVEN LEGEND - Four stars - I had a good time with this one, especially once I figured out the twist in the storytelling. Although Moore’s imagination is insanely fertile — there’s hints of Gaiman and even Borges here — almost every story in this collection is overwritten.Another scene, set in 1960, suggests that “Satanic” Sam Blatz (Moore’s satirical version of Stan Lee) received covert instructions from the CIA to mobilise superhero comics in service of pro-American, pro-corporate cold war propaganda. Generally heralded as Alan Moore's first short story collection, which is true up to a point, and we'll come to the caveat later. Location, Location, Location sees the Biblical apocalypse through the eyes of a Bedford estate agent, after it turns out that Joanna Southcott and the Panacea Society were right all along.

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